Channel 4 adds three to factual and docs teams

The British public broadcaster nabs Jill Fullerton-Smith and Emma Cooper from the BBC, and hires Kathleen Larkin as a development exec to bolster its factual entertainment department.
August 4, 2011

British public broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) has made three hires in its factual and doc departments, with two of them coming from rival pubcaster the BBC.

Jill Fullerton-Smith has joined C4′s specialist factual commissioning team as a commissioning editor, reporting to department head Ralph Lee.

She joins from the BBC’s Specialist Factual Unit in Scotland, where she spent the last four years as its creative director. Credits include the Discovery coproductions Richard Hammond’s Journey to the Bottom of the Sea and Richard Hammond’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Emma Cooper joins C4 as a documentary commissioning editor, reporting to department head Hamish Mykura. She will commission both one-offs and series for the department. While at the BBC, Cooper had series produced and directed Louis Theroux’s output since 2008, with the most recent program being the two-parter Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Larkin has been hired on as a development executive in C4′s factual entertainment department. The network said it will be putting more resources into program development in fact ent; thus, Larkin’s role is intended to serve as a conduit between the pubcaster and producers, speeding up the development process and giving producers more face time with the C4 development team.

Having worked with myriad prodcos including TalkbackThames, Betty and RDF, she will report to the fact ent department’s deputy head, Liam Humphreys.

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